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About Bergen

A former 'European City of Culture' with a string of fascinating art galleries facing its Lille Lungedgardsvann Lake, Bergen cruise port nestles amongst the magnificent mountains strung along Norway's western coastline and is a gateway to Fjordland.

This 13th century Hanseatic - and now World Heritage - city was built on the site of an original Viking settlement and is full of historic sites, the best known of which is Bryggen. A collection of 11th century wooden buildings along the harbourfront, this is a World Heritage Site in its own right and has its own museum to tell its fascinating story.

To enjoy the best views of this picturesque city, take the funicular railway to the top of Mount Fløyen, which overlooks both Bergen and the surrounding region.

Also the birthplace of composer Edvard Grieg, Bergen is easily walkable and has a lively fish market and an even better general market along the harbourfront as well as many attractive bars and cafes.

 

Shore excursions in Bergen

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Beautiful Hardangerfjord

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

See breathtaking country and visit an awe-inspiring waterfall.

Soak up some of Norway’s most amazing scenery and take the once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk behind a huge waterfall.

Sit back and relax as you pass by some of Bergen’s most famous sights including the 13th century Bergenhus Fortress and the colourful Bryggen Hanseatic wharf.

Gaze out at the captivating landscapes as you head towards Hardangerfjord – one of Norway’s most beautiful waterways. Drive along the shoreline, taking in panoramic views of orchards and villages framed by snow-capped mountain peaks. On a clear day, you’ll even see the Folgefonna Glacier.

Stopping for photos, you’ll have the chance to walk behind the thundering 150-foot Steinsdalfossen Waterfall (you won’t get wet). Then, continue your journey through the region’s incredible countryside, stopping for hot coffee and cakes on your way back to Bergen

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The waterfall walk involves a steep gravelled road, however it is optional. There is no handrail behind the waterfall; therefore extreme care should be taken. Enclosed footwear with grip is highly recommended. This tour includes several tunnels of varying lengths.

Beautiful Hardangerfjord

Bergen by Foot and Funicular

Activity highShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Combine an interesting walking tour with a funicular ride up Mount Fløien for a lovely bird’s eye view over Bergen and the fjord.

View some of the beautiful buildings in Bergen as you head to Grieg Concert Hall, built in the shape of a grand piano and inaugurated in 1978. Enter the city park, where many of the city’s art museums are located and pass the small Lille Lungegaardsvannet Lake and the city’s Town Hall.

Take a look at the fish market and the Byfjord, before reaching the famous Bryggen Hanseatic Quarters. Soak up the atmosphere in the narrow passages between the buildings. Continue past St Mary’s Church, the oldest building in Bergen still in use, and one of the outstanding Romanesque churches in the country.

You’ll soon reach Bergen’s oldest street, Øvregaten Street, to board the funicular for a ride to the top of Mount Fløien. This is one of the most popular recreational areas with spectacular views at 1,050 feet above sea level. You’ll return to the base of Mount Fløien by funicular.

At the end of the tour, you can either return to the ship or opt to remain in town to explore further.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by funicular and on foot. Long queues may be experienced at the funicular station, due to the popularity of this attraction. The views from Mount Fløien may be affected by adverse weather conditions. Flat, comfortable walking shoes and bottled water are recommended. Please dress according to the weather. The fish market may be closed on Sundays. If the ship is berthed at Dokken or Jekteviken Pier, a shuttle bus will be used to transport you to the beginning of the tour.

Bergen by Segway

Activity medium

Duration: 2½ hours

Roll around Bergen on a unique sightseeing Segway experience, it’s a really fun and informative way to see the city.

Fancy seeing the sights of Bergen in a unique and fun way? Hop on a Segway for an experience you’ll never forget.

Together with your small group, you’ll join an expert local guide and, following your introduction to Segway riding and a full safety briefing, you’ll head off on two wheels into the city.

Gliding effortlessly through the streets, you’ll pass by many of Bergen’s most famous landmarks. Marvel at the 13th century Bergenhus Fortress – one of Norway’s best-preserved castles – and admire the colourful wooden merchant buildings as you roll along the Bryggen Hanseatic wharf.

In the heart of the city, take in the lively fish market and the emerald Nordnes Park. From the tip of the Nordnes peninsula you’ll pass the towering St John’s Church and Lille Lungegårdsvannet lake. In Fjellveien, stop for photos of the wonderful views over the centre of Bergen and its beautiful surrounding areas.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by Segway and on foot. Please note that the order of sights may vary. This tour carries a maximum weight restriction of 18 stone. Children under 16 and pregnant women may not participate. The tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition; it is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. The tour will operate in the rain, ponchos are available to borrow. Large parts of the tour goes on traffic free or lightly traffic roads and parks. Helmets and hi-visibility vests are provided and must be worn.

Bergen Flight-seeing

Activity high

Duration: 1¼ hours

An extraordinary experience of flying over this beautiful region.

Treat yourself to the ultimate ‘flightseeing’ experience. Soar above beautiful Bergen and survey the surrounding area from your unrivalled vantage point in the sky.

Board your helicopter at the base in the old and charming town Sandviken, north of the centre, for your 30 minute flight. From your seat in the sky, discover how Bergen is cradled by emerald hills and rugged mountains. Spot city landmarks and the many islands in the fjord as you fly overhead, gazing out to the North Sea.

If the conditions are right, you might catch a glimpse of a glacier in the distance before you head back to the city. On the way, you’ll have the rare chance to admire your ship from above as you fly over the harbour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and helicopter. Places on this tour are limited, therefore to avoid disappointment early booking is recommended. Flights and routes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or changed at short notice. Children must be aged 3 years or over and must be sat upright in their own seat. There is a strict weight restriction of a maximum of 18 stone per person. Your weight and height will be requested on board and must be accurate, as this determines the helicopter configuration. The helicopters used vary in size and configuration; parties may be split into different helicopters depending on group size and weight. There may be restricted views for taking photos from the central and rear seats, seat allocation cannot be reserved. The transfer to and from the helipad takes approximately 25 minutes.

Bergen Flight-seeing

Bergen on Foot and Ice Bar

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy a walking tour of medieval Bergen, capped off by a cool cocktail in a rather unusual bar!

Get under the skin of beautiful Bergen on a guided walk around the city and sip a drink in one of the most unusual bars you’ll ever visit.

Hear Bergen’s fascinating secrets as you stroll between the best loved sights in town. Soak up the atmosphere in the colourful, UNESCO listed Bryggen quarter. Pass by City Park and Grieg Hall before reaching the famous fish market, one of the busiest outdoor markets in Norway. Inhale the aromas of fresh fruit and vegetables and take a look at the monstrous lobsters and king crabs.

Toast your day with a drink at the Magic Ice Bar. Marvel at the handiwork of world-renowned ice carvers who fashioned the interior from several tons of ice, sip a cocktail from an ice glass and admire the sculptures by Norwegian artists.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking required on this tour. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The visit to the Ice bar is not suitable for passengers with medical problems that could be affected by the extreme cold. The visit to the Ice bar is not exclusive to P&O Cruises.

 

A selection of cruises to Bergen

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